I had a great time collaborating with billiebee on a cover of this traditional folk song/sea shanty. The goal was to record a simple arrangement that was different from the more lively covers out there -- to borrow billiebee's phrase, a gentler version. I'm hoping our rendition highlights the lovely melody of the song. [more inside]
A day late for St. Patrick's Day, but here's an Irish tune. Not quite as triplet-y as you'd hear it from a bona fide Celtic player.
The old-time tune "Spotted Pony", played at a jam session at the 2016 Portland Old-Time Music Gathering. [more inside]
Bon Mardi Gras! Here's a traditional cajun waltz to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Trio with fiddle, accordion, guitar and vocals. [more inside]
Night Train to Memphis by Roy Acuff Jr, recorded live by Corwin Bolt & the Wingnuts in Eugene, OR, 8/29/2016. Old time fiddle music with a washboard groove. [more inside]
This medieval English carol is certainly not cheerily optimistic-sounding, but might not quite qualify as pessimistic. "Somber" is better - a mood rarely evoked for Christmas. [more inside]
I went and bought my first resonator guitar yesterday, a Gretsch Honey Dipper (evidence), and this seemed like a good tune to try and break it in on. [more inside]
An arrangement of the traditional fiddle tune with its not-often-heard lyrics. Full album now streaming on Bandcamp. [more inside]
A traditional bluegrass arrangement of the classic spiritual by my band, Green Mountain Bluegrass Band. From our new (and first studio) album, City Limits. [more inside]
A second version of the traditional tune Liza Jane, on clawhammer guitar . . . [more inside]
another old-time tune, clawhammer guitared up. [more inside]
Old-time traditional tune, done clawhammer style on guitar. [more inside]
I dug the old portastudio out of storage and threw together a quick demo of an old classic. I may be redoing a more polished version later, so constructive critiques are welcome. [more inside]
Vaguely medieval and dirge-like. [more inside]
A song I did for a competition two weeks ago. [more inside]
Latest dispatch in über-short traditional clawhammer banjo songs. [more inside]
Traditional Venezuelan song. [more inside]
Another quick rendition of a traditional tune on the banjo.
A quick rendition of the traditional tune on an Enoch banjo with a touch of guitar.
Once again, it's that song that I just can't stay away from. This time it's coming at you from the Hokuriku region: live in Kanazawa, Japan, from my trio, the Smoke Benders. Our tuba player Daysuke Takaoka is channeling the deep didgeridoo spirits on this one. Video here.
Just came across this the other day, fishing around in one of my drives. I recorded it four years ago as a simple take, direct to 2-track in one pass, with WaveDrum and vocal. I think I'd originally intended to add more tracks and flesh it out, but listening now I thought, hey, it's OK as is, stripped down to barest essentials and presented as a live take. Unfortunately, since the vocal and drum are on the same stereo track, I couldn't do as much post processing as I would've liked (especially comp on the drum) but c'est la vie.
Here is an entry for the January Challenge! It is by me and rangefinder 1.4. It is a cover of "Leave Her, Johnny," a traditional sea shanty that was sung by sailors at the end of a voyage, as they were preparing to leave their ship ("her" in the song). [more inside]
A version of the traditional tune, with very nontraditional backing.
Extremely spartan recording, for me. Vox, piano, a simple vox harmony, and a melodica solo. [more inside]
I just can't stay away from this song, it has a power over me. This time it's with my diddley bow (the Marron Glacé Guitar). At the end of the song, Death momentarily overtook me and made me attack the instrument with one of these. Video of this same performance at YouTube.
A version of this traditional tune on a fretless bowl-back banjo tuned down to B. [more inside]
Who's getting wasted today? I said Who's Getting Wasted?! Well alright!! Hope you're drinking lots of green beer, remember to tip your bartenders. We've been Tam and the Shanters, thanks for coming out tonight! [more inside]
The original broadside dates to his execution in 1701. [more inside]
Old Cowboy Song that I sung with my sister [more inside]
Cover of the Dock Boggs song, on banjo naturally. [more inside]
DMelanogaster and I try the traditional music challenge. Banks of the Ohio is the story of Willie killing his proposal-rejecting lover. (see also Knoxville Girl)
Tumbalalaika, a traditional Russian Jewish love song. Generally sung in Yiddish, presented here in English. [more inside]
An 18th century sea-shanty from around the time, allegedly, of the Battle of Trafalgar ("Kiss me Hardy....no,no I mean hardly"). Featuring indispensible and splendid contributions from uncleozzy (unhinged Robert Newton-esque vocal and accordion) and chococat (tracked vocal). Now....be careful you don't catch your clewgarnets in your flys... [more inside]
For the "Traditional" MefiMusic challenge. In which I get all George Winston-y up in here. [more inside]
A synth version of The Ballad of Barbara Allen, with beats and some sampling work. [more inside]
This month's challenge isn't much of a challenge for someone who plays oldtime music anyway, but I figure I get extra points for recording this American Civil War era tune on my new gourd banjo. [more inside]
As it's Valentine's Day, here's a song about love. Well, kind of about love. Actually it's about the end of love, as it fades due to age and fatigue, and the death of romance. Errr...happy Valentine's Day! [more inside]
One for the 'traditional' challenge. [more inside]
My string trio playing one of our signature pieces by G.B. Viotti, the 1st movement to his 'Trio for 2 Violins and Cello' in Bb Major (Op. 19, 1). [more inside]
In the very first hour of the brand new year of 2010, I was on a stage in Tokyo, part of Mike Watt's yearly "We Jam Econo" event, singing about death. Video of this same performance can be seen at YouTube or Vimeo. [more inside]
I decided to create a new birthday song for people who don't feel like breaking the copyright laws or don't have $10,000 to spare. It belongs to the internet now!
The original broken Christmas carol. [more inside]
That song you remember from grade school. [more inside]
Just installed new strings and set up my new 3-mic stand; I figured I'd test drive 'em both. [more inside]
A simple mashup of dmd's "this has unbreakable drm" and Athan Al-Fajr's "Call to Prayer". [more inside]
My take on this wonderful Irish Gaelic song, which I learned from Clannad, and which was written by Diarmuid MacDiarmada. Donegaler Mefites, please don't kill me if I've mangled the pronunciation! [more inside]
Not written by me, a song I learned ages ago in Ireland. Not much is known of where it comes from, apart from having been collected from Bess Cronin 30 years ago. I learned it from Phil Callery. I love this song for its soaring melody line; you really do imagine you're standing at the top of a mountain!
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